Don't let your ride outlast your shorts.
While the pros may be used to spending four to six hours in the saddle every day, those of us who are self-sponsored only occasionally get that kind of luxurious time on the bike. That's why, when we do, we find kit like Castelli's Velocissima Bib Shorts absolutely indispensable. The Velocissima shorts bring a level of comfort over long miles not found in our shorts designed for the usual one-to-three hour spins that we can work into our schedule. When we have the time for long rides, we want to enjoy them to the fullest.
The Velocissima's main fabric, Endurance Evolution, is the heart of the shorts' straightforward functionality. This is the same material used in Castelli's long-distance men's shorts, the Endurances, and it provides the same compressive support and effective moisture management. Staying dry is a nice benefit on a long ride, but the shorts' real strength is the compression, which reduces the fatiguing effects of road noise and muscle oscillation so your legs stay fresh beyond the 60, 80, or 100 mile mark. The Velocissima shorts are also finished off with the same Giro 3 leg grippers as the Endurances, which omit the pinching elastic more commonly used in favor of a wide, gripping band.
One advantage the Velocissima Bib Shorts enjoy over their men-specific counterparts is the waist paneling, which eliminates uncomfortable stitching and elastic to lie flat, avoid pinching, and maintain fit. The waist feeds in to mesh straps, which are lightweight and airy for a barely there feel that keeps everything in place. And by "everything," we of course mean the KISS Air Donna chamois, which shares the women's-specific design with padding and relief strategically laid-out to accommodate women's anatomy. The shorts are finished with reflective elements to help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
- KISS4 chamois
- Giro3 leg grippers
- Endurance Evolution fabric
- Mesh straps
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Castelli Sizing Chart
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Natural Waist:
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
- Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: large
Castelli has managed to provide a pair of performance bibs at a reasonable price. Understanding that the brand tends to run small, I ordered up one size (from med to lg) and found a perfect fit. The chamois is nicely form fitting and comfortable - and as with all bibs, tends to stay where it belongs. Plan to buy more.
Nice cycling shorts, but to small
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Small
I wear all S in my cycling apparel, not matter of the brand. First time with Castelli, I have to go M. I know, but forgot, Italian sizing is different from the others. I had to send the shorts back.